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The legal age for marriage in Turkey has been raised to 17 from 15, however many roups are calling to set the age to 18.

The legal age for marriage in Turkey has been raised to 17 from 15, however many roups are calling to set the age to 18.

One out of every four brides is a child as families are increasingly applying to the court to change the date of birth of their daughters so that they can legally marry, warned an association of Turkish female lawyers May 4. “There is an increase of 94 percent in application to courts by families to show their daughters age older, in order to get marriage permit,” said Gülten Kaya, head of the female lawyers’ commission of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, during a meeting of the group in Kuşadası.

The legal age for marriage in Turkey has been raised to 17 from 15, however the commission members said that the limit should be increased to the majority age of 18.

Istanbul bar’s women commission head Nilüfer Ay said that the increase in the number of child brides showed the lack of awareness of women’s place in society.
Lack of shelters for women victim of violence

Ay also said that despite the enactment of a law on violence against women, shelters for victims existed in only 14 provinces out of 8. “So laws are not enough; Awareness should be raised,” she said.  


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Misses Ataturk

5/12/2013 12:30:22 AM

I'm not so sure the Esteemed would be bothered much by this. Besides, it means more babies will be born this way, right?!! Alcohol must be tackled first!!! Yes, let's discuss the Nation's drink instead! More important!!!!!

Pawel Bury

5/7/2013 4:18:20 PM

You don't get it... No law is beyond Islam. Since Islam has no problem with child brides, AKR won't take any action. They have more serious problems to solve, like the new riffle gun, the new tank, the new helicopter or how to convince Turks to give birth to more children than the Kurds.

mara mcglothin

5/6/2013 4:46:11 PM

Laws must be passed and laws must be enforced. Simple. Who would even consider going to court to change the date of a birth? How ridiculous! Do they also change hair and eye color in court?

mike alexander

5/5/2013 3:50:28 PM

Education should be the solution to this shameful act. And it will take many years. Never the less, this is another parameter on the Turkish EU equation that has to be resolved before the Europeans even think to accept this country in their family. Mr Erdogan, has to stop building masks, and start building schools !!

Tevfik Alp

5/5/2013 3:24:51 PM

Child bride? Isn't an innocent human child for sale?

Rimon Tree

5/5/2013 12:25:42 PM

@ Turk Oz I am sorry, but honour killing and child marriagges are something that is widespread over the Muslim countries, it stems from tribal times and was conserved by Islam. It's ok. to have some national pride as a Turk, but it is not ok to overdue it and try to blame every single flaw unto others.

Not Here

5/5/2013 11:47:46 AM

Honor killings, legal pedophilia is all disgusting and abuses against women. It does not matter which women this is happening to. I wonder how many of these children and young girls really want to be touched by a man, young or old. Culture should have nothing to do with morals and what is right or wrong. Is it moral to "touch" a child? Does anyone ever wonder what she is thinking when she is being "touched" or how she is feeling? Disgusting men make the rules and should be in jail.

Chris Green

5/5/2013 11:10:31 AM

I do not think that this kind of thing is limited to any specific area of Turkey nor indeed exclusively to Kurdish people. I am publishing an essay on the topic of women's rights and the abuses thereof this coming week and it will highlight various cases including one involving a Pakistani girl married at the age of 12 and the marriage consummated.She had her first child at 15. Two more children followed, both girls who will be subjected to arranged marriage. Which country? ENGLAND actually!

Rimon Tree

5/5/2013 10:38:47 AM

@ Andrea I am 100% with you! There is no human progress without education and by that I do mean secular, scientific and social education, not education to religious fanatism!

Chris Green

5/5/2013 10:30:34 AM

I agree with Andrea's point completely; education is vital but in some parts of the world, education is something which is systematically denied to girls and young women.
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